The forecast of sweltering temperatures has prompted Environment Canada to issue a heat warning for Metro Vancouver and other areas of the BC South Coast.
According to the statement, the federal weather agency says a “massive” ridge of high pressure will build over the southern portion of the province through Thursday, which will create several days of hot weather conditions.
Temperatures during the daytime are expected to rise into the mid to upper 30s through the middle of week in the inland areas of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the corridor from Howe Sound to Whistler, and inland Vancouver area.
For areas closer to sea water – the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca – such as Vancouver, Richmond, and Tsawwassen, temperatures will be several degrees lower, hovering in the low 30s.
Environment Canada adds there is a high probability many temperature records will be broken.
“Daily temperatures records from Tuesday to Thursday will probably be broken in many communities,” reads the statement. “And the all time records for the month of August may be threatened, too.”
As well, the expected heat and the continued rain-free forecast “will maintain high to extreme fire danger ratings across much of southern BC.”
During prolonged periods of hot weather, heat-related illnesses are more likely, especially for young children, pregnant women, the elderly, those working or exercising in the heat, persons with chronic illnesses, people living alone without air conditioning in their homes, and the homeless.
Those who are not used to the heat or are vulnerable to the conditions should consider rescheduling outdoor activities during cooler hours of the day, take frequent breaks from the heat, and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to remain hydrated.
Additionally, do not leave any person or pet for any length of time in a vehicle.